Review: Love in the Afternoon by Lisa Kleypas

Reviewed by Jen

In the books leading up to this one, I was deeply curious about how Lisa Kleypas would fashion a romance involving the youngest member of the Hathaway family. Beatrix was always painted as a strange bird, more interested in animals than people. I wondered what kind of hero would fit with her quirky personality. And I have to say, Kleypas didn’t disappoint. What better match for a woman who collects and cares for wounded animals than a man who so wounded, he needs her special blend of tender loving care?

It takes a while for the love story between Beatrix and Christopher to really get off the ground. That’s because for the first several months…years…of their relationship, Christopher was at war. They grew close through an exchange of letters over time. The thing was, he thought he was writing to someone else, a deception she perpetuated as a kindness, until she realized she was falling for him and he was was falling in love–with a lie. [Read more…]

Review: Married by Morning by Lisa Kleypas

Reviewed by Jen

All hail Lisa Kleypas. Two books back, I had absolutely no interest in this couple whatsoever. It seemed like it was going to be a tired rehash of reformed rake in an enemies to lovers situation with an uptight governess. But somehow, Kleypas made it so much more. She made me root for Leo and Miss Marks to make it work. Not only that, but she piqued my interest by giving me a little nuggets and breadcrumbs to follow in their backstory.

When the last book ended, we knew there was some kind of secret between Lord Ramsey and his sisters’ governess. As this story begins, we learn that they shared a kiss in the aftermath of Leo’s discovery that Catherine was related to Harry, Leo’s brother-in-law. It doesn’t take too long to work that out, but what does develop over the course of the book is the story of why she has hidden herself away as a domestic servant when her brother has more money than King Midas. I won’t spoil the particulars, but I will say it’s pretty gnarly. [Read more…]

Review: Hello Stranger by Lisa Kleypas

Reviewed by Shelly

I came away from this without that Ravenel-happiness that I had after reading the first 3 books in Lisa Kleypas’s ‘Ravenel’ series. Book 1, Marrying Winterborne, is still my favorite and Rhys is my favorite hero of the series.

This is Garrett Gibson and Ethan Ransom’s story. I was really looking forward to this because Garrett’s a female physician and I thought her story – being female and a physician in a time when it was virtually unheard of – would be interesting. Since she made her appearance in Marrying Winterborne and her subsequent service as Rhys employee, I saw a great romance for this rare situation.

I can’t decide if this was too long or too short. If I wanted less medical terminology or more. I can’t decide if it’s my expectations or could it possibly have been Garrett’s character didn’t live up to what I saw being developed in the first few books. And I definitely couldn’t decide if I liked Ethan as a hero. [Read more…]

Review: Tempt Me at Twilight by Lisa Kleypas

Reviewed by Jen

As much as I loved the book before this in the Hathaways series, I have to admit that I wasn’t super excited to keep reading for this installment. Honestly, I thought we were going to get Leo’s book and I was not all that jazzed about the set up with the governess. Then I discovered this is actually Poppy’s book. I still wasn’t terribly excited, because she has probably been the least developed character among the Hathaway siblings. I didn’t feel like I knew her, and I did not particularly care to. But people love Lisa Kleypas for a reason. The lady knows what she is doing. I ended up really enjoying this book, and even more, I am actually now looking forward to Leo’s book when I wasn’t before.

The reason Poppy always faded into the background is because she is the Hathaway sibling who longs for normalcy. All she wants is a nice quiet life in the country. But what we want and what we need aren’t always the same thing. Hotel owner Harry is exactly what Poppy needs. Unfortunately, she is in love with another man. Michael is the son of a peer and the feelings between him and Poppy are real. His father would never approve of the match, though. So when Harry meets Poppy and is taken by her, he makes quick work of his nemesis by exposing the clandestine relationship to dear old dad. The result? Michael drops Poppy like a hot potato. [Read more…]

Review: Seduce Me at Sunrise by Lisa Kleypas

Reviewed by Jen

I loved this book. Loved it. Loved it. Loved it! Lisa Kleypas did a phenomenal job setting up this love story between Kev and Win in Mine Till Midnight… so much so that just the little glimpses of these two excited me more then the main romance in that book. And as revved up as I was to get to their romance, it would’ve been very easy to be disappointed. I am so happy to tell you that it lived up to its promise.

Kev is a gypsy who came to live with the Hathaway family when he was just a child. He was a wild thing, thanks to the brutality of his upbringing. But from the very beginning, he was captivated by Win. He thought he would only be able to love her from afar, especially after her health grew imperiled by scarlet fever. But now, she is determined to grow strong again and claim the unspoken love that they share. [Read more…]

Review: Mine Till Midnight by Lisa Kleypas

Reviewed by Jen

I should probably start by saying how much this book was universally loved. It has tons of five star reviews out there… hundreds maybe. I have read and loved Lisa Kleypas books as well; it’s why I read her back list when my TBR get slow. But while I liked this book, there were a few things about it that kept me from truly adoring in the way so many other readers did.

Amelia is the responsible oldest sister in the Hathaway family. Her brother has recently and unexpectedly inherited a title, which would be a boon if he would actually behave as an adult. He lost his love to scarlet fever, though, so he is currently drinking and wasting his life away, regardless of the effect it has on the rest of his family. [Read more…]

Shelly’s Favorites of 2017

This year started off well but fizzled out. BUT this was the year I discovered audio books. Yeah, ME!

I’ve been a fan of Beverly Jenkins for years. Too many to count. Forbidden (Old West, 1) is a historical with some slight reference to Jenkins’s Through the Storm which is part of ‘The LeVeq Family’ series. I thought this story read great as a standalone. It was wonderfully captivating and touched on the topic of ‘passing’ told from an emotional perspective. [Read more…]

Review: Devil in Spring by Lisa Kleypas

Reviewed by Shelly

For my own greedy purposes, this was way too short. The 3rd book in Lisa Kleypas’s ‘The Ravenels’ picks up after Helen and Rhys have started their family. They’ve had a child. If you read any of the previous two stories this should meet your need for more. If you’ve not read the previous stories you can still enjoy this as a stand alone, but I would highly recommend Marrying Winterborne – absolutely brilliant that is.

Pandora Ravenel is a women ahead of her time and she’s very unlike her sisters, Cassandra and Helen. Pandora has no interest in marriage because to do that would mean she’d lose her own identity and her endeavors to create her board game would relegate to the bottom of her responsibilities. She doesn’t want that. At least until she meets Gabriel. Gabriel’s not only charming, smart, and funny – he’s quite good looking too. Takes after his father. [Read more…]

Review: Devil in Winter by Lisa Kleypas

Reviewed by Jen

It can be so much fun to see a villain redeemed, especially when it’s done right. And though Sebastian St. Vincent wasn’t exactly the villain of It Happened One Autumn, he definitely had some atoning to do. It was bad enough that he was a rake of epic proportions… he kidnapped his friend’s woman, tried to force her to marry him and threatened to rape her.  So no one was more surprised than him when Lillian’s friend Evie showed up at his door, offering a marriage of convenience. [Read more…]

Review: It Happened One Autumn by Lisa Kleypas

Reviewed by Jen

Lisa Kleypas gives us another winner with this second installment in her Wallflowers series. Here, she delivers on the promise of a relationship between Lillian and Marcus. These two were such fun enemies in the last book, you knew that fire would end up transforming into something else… and boy did it ever. These two have great passion and chemistry out of the gate, and it only gets better as they realize what they really want from each other. [Read more…]